A Short Commentary on Donald Trump

The Tony Burgess Blog

Donald Trump is running for president of the United States. He said that we should ban Muslims from entering the United States temporarily until the government gets its act togetherโ€ฆ. Well Mr. Trump is 100% wrong and his words are racist and un-American. He along with many in the country are buying into fear and that is not what we are about. I believe in better angels and the diversity of this nation. Letโ€™s do better and be better. I call on people to register to vote to keep our country strong and progressive for all people of all genders, creeds, faith and orientations. Let real freedom ring for all to sing. Mr. Trump, shame on you and God have mercy on your soul.

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“Black Diamonds To Tidewater” WebSite Revisited

“Found” an old WebSite that is now “archived”. Not updated since 2005, but that does not matter since the railroads it covers are not around anymore anyway.

It is titled:

Black Diamonds to Tidewater

The Old Company’s Lehighโ„ข and Central Railroad of New Jersey in the Anthracite Region

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Florida East Coast Railway Christmas Train

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —ย This year marks the sixth annual Christmas Train operated by Florida East Coast Railway (FECR) in coordination with the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots Foundation.ย  The 2015 FECR Christmas Train will run along the railroad’s 351-mile mainline on the east coast of Florida, offering its employees, their families, customers, and suppliers an opportunity to contribute to the communities that FECR serves.ย  The train, departing Saturday, December 12 in Jacksonville with Miami as its final destination, will make 8 stops along the way, during which Santa Claus will be on hand to deliver holiday cheer.

At each stop representatives from Toys For Tots will be present to accept donations from the FECR Christmas Train, and will work to distribute the toys to children in need throughout local communities. The FECR Christmas Train is a 501c3, so anyone can donate and receive a tax deduction.

Since the program’s inception five years ago there has been significant yearly growth. “Last year alone we were able to donate more than 40,000 toys and we hope to surpass that goal this year,” said Jim Hertwig, FECR President & CEO. “This event is, and will continue to be a favored tradition for the FECR family. We are proud to be able to once again work alongside the Toys For Tots foundation to contribute to those in need during the holiday season,” he said.

The FECR Christmas Train will stop at the eight railroad crossings listed below, during which strict safety procedures will be in place for the security and enjoyment of everyone in attendance:


RR Crossing Location

Times (approximate)


Mussel Acres Road โ€“ West

7:10 AM

St. Augustine

San Sebastian View โ€“ East

8:10 AM

New Smyrna Beach

Canal Street โ€“ East

10:05 AM


Rosa L. Jones Drive โ€“ West

11:45 AM

Fort Pierce

Orange Avenue โ€“ West

1:30 PM

West Palm Beach

36th Street โ€“ East

3:00 PM

Fort Lauderdale

SW 17th Street โ€“ West

4:25 PM


NE 87th Street โ€“ West

5:15 PM

About Florida East Coast Railway
The Florida East Coast Railway (“FECR”) is a 351-mile freight rail system located along the east coast of Florida. It is the exclusive rail provider for PortMiami, Port Everglades, and Port of Palm Beach. FECR connects to the national railway system in Jacksonville, Florida, to move cargo originating or terminating there. ย Based in Jacksonville, Florida, FECR provides end-to-end intermodal and carload solutions to customers who demand cost-effective and premium quality. ย For more information, visitย www.fecrwy.com.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151123/290366

My Book Cover Design

Gerhart von Kap-herr

As I promised I would keep you informed as to the progress of my book. Here is the preliminary cover design, created by Elayne Griffith. A brilliant artist and a published author. (she is also a very funny cartoonist who appears regularly on my son Tomโ€™s blogs) Thank you Elayne, it is better than anything I could have ever imagined. If you wish to see more of Elayneโ€™s work you can visit her site at;ย https://elaynegriffith.wordpress.com/

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Jazz You Too

Avishai Cohen, born in Jerusalem, adopted New York to be in his heart forever.ย His New York Division played at the Jazz ร  Vienne Festival on July 7th 2015.ย The video will be available untilย  08/07/2016.

Avishai Cohen (v,b) Diego Urcola (tp) Steve Davis (tb) Kurt Rosenwinkel (g) Nitai Hershkovits (p) Daniel Dor (d)

avishai cohen and NEW YORK DIVISION

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What Does The American Public Think They Need Guns For?

Truth Troubles

Why should any citizen in any country think that they need to have a gun in their home or that it should be legal for them to carry one on them? Shouldnโ€™t only the police departments, government agents and the military be the only ones to carry a firearm? Why should you or I as Joe Q Public ever have a need to have one of those things in our hands, canโ€™t we just trust the different government policing departments to keep us all safe? Shouldnโ€™t President Obama by Presidential Proclamation be able to abolish this Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that gun owners keep referring to?

There is something that I would like you to think about for a moment please. Have you ever studied European history at all? Those of us who have know that most of the people who wrote our Nations laws like the Constitutionโ€ฆ

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